Our skin is much more than just a sack to hold your body parts together. It has many roles in maintaining good health while also producing pleasure in the flirting, dating and mating processes. Your skin is your largest pleasure organ and can receive stimulating signals in several ways, including pressure, heat, rubbing and gentle scratching. The skin also releases pheromones in men and women that taste and smell delicious to the opposite sex.
The skin is the body's largest organ and makes up approximately one-fifth of the total body weight. It has over half a million sensory signal fibers entering the spinal cord just on the back. The skin also stores fat and acts as a shock absorber against mechanical impact. Your skin is your body's largest eliminative organ, nearly always excreting salt, water, and other chemicals.
One of the skin's many basic functions is acting as a warning system against physical danger from any direction. It can detect a touch on nearly every place on the body. Further, the skin can detect not only a "contact" feeling, it can detect vibration, pressure, temperature, rubbing and liquid or dry.
The skin also is a barrier to outside bacteria, viruses, toxins, liquids, gasses and chemical irritants that might enter the sensitive body areas. This protective action is cleverly accomplished at the same time the skin is releasing separate pheromones in men and women to attract a mate. Neat trick!
And as you have probably observed, the skin is your body's automatic temperature regulator to keep your temperature right around 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). Only a few degrees up or down will cause you to feel really bad as a signal that you are in an unhealthy condition, and you better do something fast to correct the situation. On the other hand, a little warm and wet can feel very good!
The skin also serves as a sun radiation shield, blocking out harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Approximately five percent of the skin cells make a dark substance called melanin that gives skin its color and blocks the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays. The darker your skin is, the more melanin you have in your skin.
When you go out into the sun, the cells make extra melanin to protect you from getting burned by the sun's ultraviolet rays. Many people think a suntan looks sexy. In any case, at least they are getting their vitamin D because the skin allows sunlight through the surface to produce vitamin D. This vitamin is necessary for absorption of dietary calcium and phosphate that is vital to healthy teeth, bones and brain function. However, do not take Vitamin A at the same time you take a vitamin D supplement because it decreases the beneficial action of Vitamin D.
Your skin is a wonderful pleasure organ! Without conscious awareness, the skin emits pheromones in men and women that stimulate attraction and mating desires. Additionally, the right touch, stroke or pat can trigger off wonderful feelings as the brain releases dozens of different hormones that instantly go into the blood and to the right organ to signal, "Get ready for action!" Unfortunately for teenage boys, with hormones running amuck, the body action starts at inappropriate and embarrassing times!
In different parts of the body, the hormones start actions preparing the body for more action. Remember that these bodies we are driving around the planet have at their deepest level two primary goals: (1) survive and (2) find a mate and make more similar little bodies. Nature's way to get us to do that chore is to make it feel really good and a whole lot of fun!
The more recently added new brain cerebral cortex with its complex thought processes has turned the mating process into something of a game. This game has rituals and many unexpected turns and twists that make flirting, dating and mating very exciting. Some people say it is a lot like hunting where the "chase" is more fun than the "capture".
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends the following steps to help reduce your risk of skin cancer:
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